CREW: Looking for Impact With 1,100 More IED Jammers
Impact Science & Technology (IST) in Nashua, NH, which was acquired by EDO in late 2006, received a $56.9 million firm-fixed-price, time and material (cost) contract for production and support of 1,100 electronic jammers for use on American land vehicles in Iraq & Afghanistan. The purchase is part of the Counter Radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) program, spiral 2.1, and the devices jam the cell phone signals that are often used to remotely detonate land mines. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services found in CENTCOM. The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Joint IED Defeat Organization.
All funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed Nashua, NH (75%); Dover, NH (18%); Lowell, MS (6.8%); Huntsville, AL (0.2%); and is expected to be complete by May 2008. The contract was competitively procured with 5 offers solicited and 5 offers received by The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC (N00024-07-C-6319).
Note that this contract is additive to the $88 million CREW contract award to EDO that was announced on April 6, 2007. The firm would not comment on the type of jammers to be produced – their own, or EDO’s Warlock.